The Dodd Trophy Announces 2014 Finalists

Twelve coaches named finalists for national award.

ATLANTA &mdsash; Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have announced the finalists for the 2014 Dodd Trophy. Finalists include 12 of the nation’s top coaches in college football.

Recognizing the head coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, The Dodd Trophy celebrates the total football program.

The head coaches named as finalists represent programs with the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field — the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy. Each of the finalists sit at the helm of programs with winning records, the nation’s top APR scores and graduation rates, and a strong commitment to community service.

2014 Dodd Trophy Finalists:

Coach

Art Briles
Jimbo Fisher
Hugh Freeze
Bryan Harsin
Urban Meyer
Jim Mora
Dan Mullen
Gary Patterson
Gary Pinkel
Mark Richt
Nick Saban
Dabo Swinney

School

Baylor
Florida State
Ole Miss
Boise State
Ohio State
UCLA
Mississippi State
TCU
Missouri
Georgia
Alabama
Clemson

Conference

Big 12
ACC
SEC
Mountain West
Big Ten
Pac 12
SEC
Big 12 2009 Dodd Trophy Winner
SEC
SEC
SEC
ACC 2011 Dodd Trophy Winner

The winner of the 2014 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl week.

About the Dodd Trophy

The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.bobbydoddfoundation.com.

About the Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 47th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 17 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Fifty-seven percent of its games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $125 million in team payouts over its 46-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament each spring and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend.

More information about the Chick-fil-A Bowl and its events is available at www.chick-fil-abowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @ChickfilABowl or find us on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/ChickfilABowl.

Twelve coaches named finalists for national award.

ATLANTA &mdsash; Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have announced the finalists for the 2014 Dodd Trophy. Finalists include 12 of the nation’s top coaches in college football.

Recognizing the head coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, The Dodd Trophy celebrates the total football program.

The head coaches named as finalists represent programs with the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field — the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy. Each of the finalists sit at the helm of programs with winning records, the nation’s top APR scores and graduation rates, and a strong commitment to community service.

2014 Dodd Trophy Finalists:

Coach

Art Briles
Jimbo Fisher
Hugh Freeze
Bryan Harsin
Urban Meyer
Jim Mora
Dan Mullen
Gary Patterson
Gary Pinkel
Mark Richt
Nick Saban
Dabo Swinney

School

Baylor
Florida State
Ole Miss
Boise State
Ohio State
UCLA
Mississippi State
TCU
Missouri
Georgia
Alabama
Clemson

Conference

Big 12
ACC
SEC
Mountain West
Big Ten
Pac 12
SEC
Big 12 2009 Dodd Trophy Winner
SEC
SEC
SEC
ACC 2011 Dodd Trophy Winner

The winner of the 2014 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl week.

About the Dodd Trophy

The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.bobbydoddfoundation.com.

About the Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 47th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 17 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Fifty-seven percent of its games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $125 million in team payouts over its 46-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament each spring and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend.

More information about the Chick-fil-A Bowl and its events is available at www.chick-fil-abowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @ChickfilABowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilABowl.